OnePlus started a trend last year when it introduced the first "T" upgrade for its then-flagship killer, the OnePlus 3. On paper, the new model wasn't all that different to the original, but all the changes added up to make the OnePlus 3T much more refined.
Now, it is the turn of the OnePlus 5 to receive the same treatment, as OnePlus today officially announces the OnePlus 5T. Unlike the first time around though, the differences are not as small. The new kid on the block looks like a completely different flagship, thanks in no small part to a new, cutting-edge display.
The OnePlus 5T ditches the traditional screen for a 6.01-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 1,080 by 2,160 resolution (that's 401 pixels per inch, in case you are wondering) that takes up nearly all the space on the front panel. It's of the AMOLED variety, as you would expect, and it's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The dual camera on the back comprises of a 16MP main camera, which has an f/1.7 aperture and 27.22mm focal length, and a 20MP secondary camera, featuring the same aperture and focal length. Of course, there's also a dual LED flash and support for 4K video recording at 30FPS and 1080p at 60FPS.
On the front, there is a 16MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture that's capable of recording 1080p video at 30fps and lets you create time lapses.
The OnePlus 5T is powered by an octa-core Qalcomm Snapdragon 835 that tops out at 2.45GHz and a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge (fast charging) support. There are two models to choose from, one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (UFS 2.1) and the other featuring 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (also UFS 2.1). The GPU is an Adreno 540.
The new flagship killer continues to sport a fingerprint sensor, but it's been moved to the back so that OnePlus could accommodate the new display. The new display also means that the OnePlus 5T drops the capacitive buttons -- instead, you get on-screen keys.
The OnePlus 5T comes with a USB Type-C port at the bottom, with USB 2.0 speeds, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, which will undoubtedly please many prospective buyers. There is also NFC on board, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE and dual SIM support. It measures 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm and weighs 162g (5.7oz).
OnePlus ships the OnePlus 5T with a new OxygenOS version based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, an update to Android 8 Oreo is likely in the cards and should arrive by the end of the year.
The OnePlus 5T will be available starting next week in North America, Europe and Asia in Midnight Black. Open sales in US, Canada and Europe kick off on November 21. Prices are $499/€499/£449 for the 6GB/64GB version and $559/€559/£499 for the 8GB/128GB model.